Celebrating 20 years of serving Khayelitsha pets and their human companions
2016 celebrates 20 years of serving Khayelitsha pets and their human companions.
It all started with a community hero who wanted to help his neighbours’ pets. Mr Joe pushed a trolley and water bucket around the community, bathing and feeding pets. He soon attracted volunteers, one of whom was able to secure funding and became the full-time project manager.
Over the years, Mdzananda grew from a single shipping container only operating on Saturday mornings, to what is today a permanent, veterinary council-registered animal hospital. The clinic serves up to 1,000 animals per month through consultations, hospitalisation, surgery, continuous sterilisations and mobile clinics for sick and injured animals, primarily dogs and cats. The clinic has an ambulance service, rehomes pets, assists with abuse and neglect cases, runs mobile education clinics and hosts community events. Although Mr Joe is no longer active, he lives around the corner and often pops in to visit.
Every day we work tirelessly to enhance the well-being of animals and their community through veterinary services, education and partnerships. This milestone year would not have been possible without our funders, donors and supporters. Thank you!
It’s about community
“What I love most about Mdzananda is that we are based in the community, for the community. We have a strong focus on community empowerment and education, and focus on understanding the community’s needs, embracing this and gaining their respect and trust. This is how we effectively make a long-term change in the lives of pets in Khayelitsha,” says Marcelle du Plessis, fundraising and communications manager.
It is a common opinion that people in townships should not own pets. We have a different opinion. Anyone who visits Mdzananda has the pleasure of meeting owners who adore their animals. Lack of education and funds are what generally result in neglect, illnesses and injuries. Mdzananda works on educating while providing low-cost veterinary services. A community that loves animals is a healthy community.
If you would like to donate funds, banking details are: Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Standard Bank, 075595710, Rondebosch, Code 025009. Alternatively, SMS ‘donate dog’ to 48748 at R10, or 40580 at R20.
Dr Gemma Driscoll examining a patient
Queuing for help at the mobile clinic